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The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Opening doors for college students in partnership with state government
Since 1989, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions.  

 >> Fall 2016 Group Photo


​Adam Bridges
Intern, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Slippery Rock University 
Geography Major

“I'm interested in working to better the state I've grown up in, and this is a great opportunity to start a career in state government that is both exciting and rewarding.”

Jenny Bront
Intern, Office of Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack 
East Stroudsburg University 
English Major
"After graduation, I plan to utilize my writing ability to discover new possibilities, whether it be in Harrisburg or not.  Eventually, however, my ultimate goal is write fiction novels and become a script writer in Hollywood."
Sarah Bullock
Intern, Department of State
Millersville University
Government and Political Affairs Major
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to have hands-on experience working in state government with a team of attorneys through the THIS internship. The experience will help me create a dynamic foundation for my future; which includes entering the workforce and attending law school."

Bria Canaday
Intern, Probation and Parole
West Chester University
Public Policy Major
“The ultimate goal is to be in D.C. somewhere calling the shots. God willing THIS will prepare me for just that and more.”

C.J. Collins
Intern, Department of State
Kutztown University
Public Administration/Political Science Major
“Following graduation, I hope to go to law school or to pursue a career in politics.”

Nicole Fidler
Intern, Office of the Speaker of the House
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
International Studies and Political Science Major
“With the experience and knowledge that I will surely gain while interning at the Capitol, I hope to make Harrisburg a permanent place for me in terms of both home and employment."

​Caitlin Glazier
Intern, Department of Agriculture
Shippensburg University
Public Administration Major
“After obtaining a bachelor degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, I intend to further my education by obtaining a masters degree or attending law school. Ultimately, I would like to make a difference in the agricultural community.”

Jasmine Hurt
Intern, Department of Labor and Industry
Cheyney University 
Criminal Justice Major
“After I finish undergraduate school I plan to attend Temple University to get my Masters in Forensic Science.”

Debbie Jennings
Intern, Department of Environmental Protection
Mansfield University
Political Science Major
“After graduation, I plan to enter the field of public service in pursuit of goals that would benefit my community.”

Erin Klingaman
Intern, Office of Senator Vincent Hughes
Kutztown University
Public Administration/Political Science Major
“After I graduate I plan to pursue a career in public service.”

Claudia Pehowic
Intern, Department of Health
California University of Pennsylvania
Communication Studies and Political Science Major

"Interning with the Department of Health will allow me to see the legislative process in action. After graduation, I plan to attend law school in the hopes that someday I'll interpret our legislators' work from the other side."

Kayla Sweet
Intern, Office of Majority Leader
Edinboro University
Political Science with a Concentration in Legal Studies
“After graduating in the spring I plan to attend law school. Ideally I would like to use my degree to help people on a personal level and I believe that this internship is a great start.”

 Get involved with THIS

Students interested in applying for a THIS internship position should contact their THIS Faculty Campus Coordinator.
Based at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, THIS is administered by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs in the Office of the Chancellor.  The Resident Faculty Director in Harrisburg coordinates activities and organizes the program. 

 Additional Information

For information on obtaining a THIS student intern for your office, please contact Dr. Jonathan B. Smith, Resident Faculty Director.